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19 November 2005
  + Saint Elizabeth of Hungary +
19 November AD 1231

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth (Erzsebet, Elisabeth) of Hungary, born in Pressburg, Hungary, in 1207, was the daughter of King Andrew II and his wife Gertrude. Given in an arranged political marriage, she became wife of Louis of Thuringia (Germany) at age 14.

Her spirit of Christian generosity and charity pervaded the home she established for her husband and three children in the Wartburg Castle at Eisenach. Their abode was known for hospitality and family love.

Elizabeth often supervised the care of the sick and needy, even giving up her bed to a leper at one time. Widowed at age 20, she arranged for her children's well-being and entered into life as a nun in the Order of Saint Francis. Her self-denial led to failing health and an early death in 1231 at the age of 24. Remembered for her self-sacrificing ways, Elizabeth is commemorated through the many hospitals named for her around the world.

Lection

Psalm 146:4-9 or 112:1-9
Tobit 12:6b-9
Matthew 25:31-40 or Luke 12:32-34

Collect

Almighty God, by whose grace your servant Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world, grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble, in the name and for the sake of through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 
Comments:
Hmm. I didn't know the lectionary included books from the Apochrypha.
 
How come you're two days late?
 
Regarding the previous comments: 1) Lutherans continue to use the apocrypha for devotional reading, etc.; we just don't base doctrine upon them. 2) The LCMS continues to follow the traditional calendar, which celebrates Elizabeth on the 19th of November.
 
Well, the Roman calendar celebrates her death on the 17th and Philip H. Pfatteicher in his book on the saints of the Lutheran tradition (published about 30 years ago) has her on the 17th. It seems only the Anglicans have her on the 19th so they can celebrate one of their bishops on the 17th.

So, just what "tradition" are you talking about?
 
Actually, the more ancient Roman tradition was to celebrate her on 19 November, according to St. Patrick's Church, Washington, DC, Catholic Culture, The Catholic Church in Hungary, and others. Indeed, it appears from the last link that the Hungarians may still observe her feast on 19 November.

If you'd like more references, I suggest using this Google search.
 
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